We’re helping the Community360 charity to deliver 100 Winter Warmth packages to vulnerable people across the Braintree district.
Every winter, Community360 uses grant money to make up Winter Warmth packages, containing items such as scarves, hats, gloves and packets of instant soup. The bags are supplied by Braintree District Council and volunteers distribute them to vulnerable people in towns and villages across the district.
“Christmas can be a period of isolation, particularly if you are worried about COVID-19. And some people, mainly members of the older generation, will simply try to cope with this rather than asking for help. PC James Draper, of Braintree Community Policing Team
He is working with Eastlight Community Homes and local parish councils to identify people in the area who would benefit from one of the festive parcels and is also in contact with other groups, such as the Scouts, to help with their delivery.
“Our officers will also be calling in on people to deliver them when they are in the area on other policing duties. “Because, as well as being a great idea, it’s also a chance for us to engage with harder-to-reach groups. Even if they are not affected by crime, it’s still an opportunity for them to tell us about their concerns. “We delivered some of these parcels last year and it was massively rewarding. Our police community support officers love helping people who, although not affected by crime, are isolated and vulnerable. “So, at Christmas, we help vulnerable young people and families by delivering Christmas presents and to older people we deliver ‘scarves and soup’.”
Phil Rawlinson, Assistant Engagement Officer for Community360, says the charity has a really strong connection with our officers in the Braintree district.
“They are very community minded, which we appreciate as that’s our business, too. “Officers in Braintree Community Policing Team were exceptional last winter. James offered to take 40 bags to distribute and we really appreciated the efforts the team made on our behalf because 40 bags was a big chunk of what we had to distribute. “We rely on people like the police and homeless charities to tell us who would be in need of one of our Winter Warmth packages so we can deliver them to the right people. “And we are looking forward to working with them all again this year.” Phil Rawlinson, Assistant Engagement Officer for Community360
Do talk to members of the Braintree Community Policing Team if you have issues which are concerning you.